Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for 1986 Murder in Wallingford Files Compensation Claim (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Andrew Ragali
Citation (Popular Media):
myrecordjournal.com, April 4, 2014
Research Examines Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Cassie Bartlett
Citation (Popular Media):
SDPB.org, April 4, 2014
Brooklyn Tops Nation Chart For Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Charisma L. Miller
Citation (Popular Media):
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Men Who Say They Were Wrongfully Convicted In New York Demand Swifter Review of Their Cases (General)
Authors:
Tom Hays
Citation (Popular Media):
The Republic, April 9, 2014
"Wrongly Convicted" Urge Brooklyn DA To Speed Up Reviews Of Detective's Cases (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
CBS New York, April 9, 2014
Parole Board: Man May Have Been Wrongly Convicted of Murder (General)
Authors:
John Lyon
Citation (Popular Media):
Arkansas News, April 7, 2014
Herald-Tribune, April 8, 2014 (General)
Authors:
Jessie Van Berkel
Citation (Popular Media):
Herald-Tribune, April 8, 2014
Exclusive: Wrongly Convicted Man, 51, Who Spent 24 Years in Prison To Be Released By Brooklyn Prosecutors (General)
Authors:
Oren Yaniv
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily News, April 7, 2014
Joseph Frey To Be Paid for 8 Years Wrongfully Imprisoned (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Dee J. Hall
Citation (Popular Media):
Wisconsin State Journal, April 9, 2014
Wrongfully Convicted, Frank Sterling May Get $7M Settlement (False Confessions)
Authors:
Gary Craig, April 9, 2014
Citation (Popular Media):
Democrat & Chronicle, April 9, 2014
Former Ohio Attorney General Supports Inmate's Claim That He Was Wrongly Convicted in Slaying (Eyewitness ID)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Daily Reporter, April 8, 2014
Innocence Project Founder Calls on Oregon Stakeholders to Come Together to Free Wrongly Convicted (General)
Authors:
Carol McAlice Currie
Citation (Popular Media):
Statesmanjournal.com, April 9, 2014
Gov. Walker Signs Bill Increasing Compensation to Wrongly Convicted Suspect (General)
Authors:
Wheeler News Service
Citation (Popular Media):
WTAQ.com, April 9, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Deserve Better From State (General)
Citation (Popular Media):
The Courant, April 10, 2014
Wrongly Convicted Man Could Get $7M Settlement (Forensics/DNA)
Citation (Popular Media):
12wham.com, April 9, 2014
Ryan Ferguson: Lessons Learned (General)
Authors:
Erin Moriarty
Citation (Popular Media):
CBSnews.com, March 28, 2014
Exclusive: Bronx Woman to Sue City After Spending 7 Years in Prison for Crime She Didn't Commit (General)
Authors:
Shayna Jacobs
Citation (Popular Media):
N.Y. Daily News, March 30, 2014
Va. Sheriff Seeks to Curb Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, March 29, 2014
Senate to Consider Wrongful Conviction Payment (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
SF Gate, April 1, 2014